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Sun 24 Feb 2013

Cyprus holds run-off election after no candidate gained absolute majority

Nicos Anastasiades with Angela Merkel

wikipedia-European People's Party

Cypriot conservative leader Nicos Anastasiades faces communist-backed Stavros Malas in the country's run-off presidential election. 

Anastasiades, who favors a swift deal with EU and IMF lenders on Cyprus' bailout, won the first round of the election but failed to gain an absolute majority of votes. 

"I will reach out to political leaders, seeking to broaden the public mandate we have even more," Anastasiades told his supporters after the first round.

"(It is a mandate) to get rid of a leadership which led us to food rationing, unemployment and misery."

www.reuters.com - Cypriot candidates woo kingmaker for election run-off on 2013-02-17

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